77th Academy Awards Red Carpet
A human being's ability to understand a foreign language is always greater than his ability to speak it.

- Walter Murch, "In The Blink Of An Eye"

bio

NEAL ROMANEK …

… was born November 12, 1967, in Abilene, Texas, to a mother who survived the Nazi bombing of London and a father who was a B-52 navigator/bombardier in the Vietnam War.

… grew up in the idyllic suburbia of Kettering, Ohio.

… moved to Los Angeles after acceptance to the University of Southern California. He was a National Merit Scholar and member of USC’s Thematic Option honors program.

… graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts alongside classmates Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), and Lee Unkrich (Finding Nemo, Toy Story) .

… studied a year abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury – 19th century American literature, Australian cinema, and a seminar called “The Self: Issues in Psychology, Parapsychology and Spirituality”.

… was a driver for comedian Rodney Dangerfield during production of Rodney’s animated film “Rover Dangerfield”.

… become an animation editor for childhood hero Ralph Bakshi on “Cool World”.

… worked as a photo archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Center For Motion Picture Study.

… began his professional screenwriting career by optioning sci-fi thriller “Carnival Earth” to Carolco Pictures.

… has written screenplays for legendary producers, like Dino Di Laurentiis and Mario Kassar – and also for producers you have never heard of, nor are ever likely to hear of.

… has been blessed with some of the world’s best teachers, including Nina Foch for directing, Marshall Vandruff for visual art, RSC vet W. Morgan Sheppard for acting, Mark Bryan & Julia Cameron for multiple Artist’s Way workshops, and Anne & Larry Lincoln for what makes us tick.

… attended his first Academy Awards show as a waiter at the Academy Governors’ Ball.

… then, years later, attended the show as an Academy employee.

… has never, ever been nominated for an Academy Award, but has friends who have, so that’s something.

… married writer/therapist Janet Walker in 2004, in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

… is 5′ 11″ (180.34 cm) tall.

… is both tattooed and pierced.

… continues to write movies – as well as articles on the latest developments in media technology.

… has been chosen by the estate of pioneering sci-fi writer Edgar Rice Burroughs to write a new installment in Burroughs’ “Carson Of Venus” series of sword & planet adventure novels.

… loves L.A.

… but currently lives in London, England with his wife, his daughter, and three extremely dangerous cats

… is represented in the USA by Jon Klane at The Jon Klane Agency, and is represented in the UK by Conrad Williams at Blake Friedmann Literary, TV & Film Agency.